Judo team grapple for medals

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THE SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES and Colleges Individual Judo Championships were held last weekend at the Arc in Glasgow Caledonian University.

Despite a low turn out in competitors, there was some very exciting judo on display at the event.

The medal tally was dominated by the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just topping the table by taking three golds, two silvers and three bronzes to Glasgow’s three golds and four bronze medals.

Highlights of the day included the Men’s 2nd Kyu and above U66kgs final, where the current BUCS bronze medallist from Glasgow at U60kgs fought up a weight to beat his opponent from Aberdeen with some impressive judo.

There was also a closely fought Men’s Open which saw an U81kgs player from Edinburgh University overcome his over-100kgs club mate in the final.

Only three women entered on the day, which caused the women’s competition to be fought as an open weight and grade.

It was experience that won on the day, with the BUCS U63 bronze medallist from Glasgow taking gold.

The Men’s 2nd Kyu and above U81kgs category was the most widely anticipated match-up of the day with two members of Edinburgh University tipped for the final. However, some of the most exciting matches came in the bronze medal fights, which saw both Glasgow and Edinburgh triumph over the University of the West of Scotland.

One of the most courageous displays came from the U73s Men 2nd Kyu and above gold medallist, who fought through injury to claim his medal.

An informal teams competition was fought at the end of the day, in preparation for the team’s competition at BUCS in March where Scotland are the defending silver medallists.

Overall the Judo Team claim to be happy with their medal haul and from the team’s performances.